NHL Canadian Corner – October 29, 2013.

Canucks edge the Capitals, Canadiens blank the Rangers, plus the latest on John-Michael Liles, Joe Colborne, Jason Spezza, Nail Yakupov and the struggling Jets.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The line of the Sedin Twins and Ryan Kesler stole the show from Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin in the Canucks 3-2 come-from-behind win over Washington.

Tomas Plekanec scores against the Rangers.

Tomas Plekanec scores against the Rangers.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Tomas Plekanec scored his sixth of the season, Alexander Galchenyk got a controversial goal off his foot and Peter Budaj made 27 saves to blank the NY Rangers 2-0 in their home opener at Madison Square Garden.

TORONTO STAR: Injuries forced the Maple Leafs to recall defenseman John-Michael Liles.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, the Leafs aren’t showcasing Liles, but if he plays well it might attract some interest from clubs in need of blueline depth.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames center Joe Colborne is looking forward to facing off against the Maple Leafs, his former club.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Jason Spezza called a players-only meeting to address the club’s recent slump.

EDMONTON SUN: After finally scoring his first goal of the season, Oilers winger Nail Yakupov hopes things are looking up for him and his teammates.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets have been their own worst enemy in their sputtering start to this season.


  1. If the Leafs are showcasing Liles, it may just be to clear cap room so that they can re-sign Dion Phaneuf to what is expected to be a huge extension. This morning, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported on Twitter that discussions between the Leafs and the captain have already began:

    “Is #Leafs Phaneuf worth 50M over 7 yrs? I’m hearing bar has been set in talks and that’s where it starts. More on HC@ noon+ @Sportsnet 2nite”

    More details on this link + video:


  2. Bottom line with Phaneuf it is the same thing as with Kessel who can they get for 7 million a year to bring what he brings to the team? No one because those guys don’t become available. If we were rebuilding we could get a boat load for him but trading would ruin our playoff chances.

  3. Phaneuf will get a nice raise, hes a minute eating beast, not the smartest but hes worth 7 million a year.

    This coming from a habs fan